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Road 427 Closes Temporarily For Repairs

UPDATE: June 1, 2017 — The road was reopened at approximately 5 p.m. OAKHURST — The Madera County Road Department has arrived and assessed the situation on Road 427 (School Road) which has been closed due to a sinkhole in the eastbound lane. Barricades have been put in place and detour routes established. The road remains closed to vehicular traffic ...

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School Road (427) Closed Overnight Due To Sinkhole

OAKHURST — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has sent out alerts that School Road (Road 427) will be closed overnight due to a large sinkhole. The location is just past Oakhurst Elementary School near the Baptist church, in the eastbound lane. Road 427 is closed between Pierce Drive and Elliott Drive, and COPs are manning the closures. The sinkhole is ...

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Highway 145 Closed Briefly For Felony Arrest After Pursuit

MADERA COUNTY — A search for an erratic driver that began in the Coarsegold area ended with a short road closure and a felony arrest on Highway 145 near Road 31 this afternoon. Just after 1:30 p.m., a motorist reported a northbound driver near the 22 Mile House, passing over double yellow lines, swerving all over the road and endangering ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Crime Log Through May 28

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, May 22 to Sunday, May 28, 2017: Oakhurst theft On Monday, May 22 at 12:32 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the Chevron Gas Station located within the 40000 block of CA-41 regarding a report of a theft. This case has been ...

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Off-Duty Firefighter Assists Victims After Motorcycle Crash

NORTH FORK — A day trip to the mountains ended in a serious motorcycle wreck for two Clovis residents. Fortunately an off-duty firefighter/ paramedic was one of the first passers-by at scene. At 1:44 p.m., a call came in to 911 that a motorcycle had crashed on Road 200 on the south side of the bridge at Fine Gold Creek. ...

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Sheriff’s Deputies Launch New Patrol Boat At Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has been gearing up and training to ensure everyone has a safe summer season on Bass Lake. Sergeant Larry Rich and Deputy Amy Roussell were out on the lake today in the Sheriff’s new 2017 patrol boat, built by Rogue Jet Boatworks. The 300 hp, 23′ boat has a center console — ...

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Drivers Escape Serious Injury In Deadwood Head-On Crash

OAKHURST — A two-vehicle accident slowed the commute on Highway 41 just south of Oakhurst this morning. At about 7:10 a.m. a 19-year-old male from Fresno in a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta was headed to work at Emadco. He was traveling northbound approaching Road 425B at the top of Deadwood at a stated speed of 55 – 60 miles per hour, ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through May 21

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, May 15 to Sunday, May 21, 2017: Coarsegold violation of court order On Monday, May 15 at approximately 9:28 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the 45000 Block of Road 415 in regards to a violation of a court order. A report was taken and ...

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Search Continues For Missing Coarsegold Man

COARSEGOLD – Family members and law enforcement continue the search for a Coarsegold man who has been missing for nearly a month. According to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, Keith Allen Bendz, 45, was reported missing on Tuesday, Apr. 25. He was last seen on the morning of Monday, Apr. 24, say family members. Mr. Bendz is described as 5′ ...

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Head-On Crash Claims The Life Of A Mariposa Man

MARIPOSA COUNTY — A head-on collision on Highway 140 in the Catheys Valley area has claimed the life of a Mariposa man. At 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, Dale Giantomasso, 62, of Peotone, Ill., was westbound on Highway 140 just east of Chase Ranch in a 2006 Newmar Ventana motorhome, when for unknown reasons, he drifted across the center ...

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